Lower Merion Historical Society

The Lower Merion Historical Society

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About The Lower Merion Historical Society

Thus on November 3, 1949 the Main Lines Times (our emphasis) noted the first meeting of the Lower Merion Historical Society. Ninety community residents—about three times more than expected—had showed up; most had to stand throughout the meeting.

Over the following seventy years, The Society has gathered and preserved thousands of books, maps, photographs and artifacts that tell the stories of our people and communities. Scores of neighbors have donated their possessions, time and money to this cause. Hundreds of volunteers have provided educational programs to the public. Thousands of students, residents and scholars have worked with the Society’s extensive resources, in person and online. The Lower Merion Historical Society is a vital force in preserving and sharing the rich heritage of Lower Merion and Narberth.

Our Mission

The Lower Merion Historical Society is an organization dedicated to “Preserving Our Past For The Future.” This is accomplished by stewardship of local history, education of the community, preservation of historic resources and outreach to promote awareness of the cultural heritage of the Township of Lower Merion and the Borough of Narberth.

Visit Us

The Society holds an outstanding local and regional history collection at the beautifully restored 1812 Lower Merion Academy, the oldest existing school building in Montgomery County.

three-story stuccoed building with cupola

Lower Merion Academy
506 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Box 2602
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania 19004

Phone: (610) 664-3216
E-mail: LMHistory@comcast.net

The Academy is the light tan stucco building located between the Cynwyd Elementary School and the Bala Cynwyd Middle School.

Get Directions

floor plan of four rooms on one floor

Reference Room — Our library of general reference materials; a reading room with Internet access.

Archive Room — A conservation environment housing our primary source materials; maps, books, papers, photographs, fabrics.

File Room — Collections of pamphlets, brochures, papers, newspapers, reprints; also, a display case exhibiting some Society artifacts.

Take a tour of the Lower Merion Academy (8:14)
Tour the Historical Society’s collections (18:01)
room with built-in bookshelves, two people seated at large table in center, two people standing
The reference room
looking through doorway into room with built-in shelves full of books and boxes
The climate-controlled archive

Officers, Directors and Committees

Effective April 2021

President: Gerald A. Francis
Vice President: vacant
Treasurer: Leon Levine
Corresponding Secretary: vacant
Recording Secretary: Perrin C. Hamilton, Jr.
Immediate Past President: vacant

Class of 2021: George Lonsdorf, Ross L. Mitchell, Brad Upp
Class of 2022: Gary Brock, Max Buten, Rachel Wolgemuth
Class of 2023: Christina Fink, Martha Moffat, Carole Strickland

Ex Officio, Lower Merion Horse Company: Bruce Gill
Ad Hoc Solicitor: James S. Ettelson, Esq.

Standing Committees:
Database Administrator: Gerald A. Francis
Education: Gerald A. Francis
Library: Rachel Wolgemuth
Membership: vacant
Program: Perrin C. Hamilton, Jr.
Property: vacant
Publications: Brad Upp
Strategic Planning: Christina Fink
Website: George Lonsdorf

Ad Hoc Committees:
Budget: appointed at the January Board Meeting
Financial Review: appointed at the January Board Meeting
Nominating: appointed at the January Board Meeting